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Drowned Out

by Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

"Imagine entering a burlesque show but instead of dirty, whimsical jokes, folktales are narrated, and instead of the audience crying out for Crystal Bright’s lingerie, it cries for the saw, one of Bright’s instruments that imitates a windy, melancholy whi
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“Hmmm…so this is what it would sound like if Kate Bush were to genetically fuse with Danny Elfman and Dresden Dolls in some strange biological experiment. The song (Toy Hammer) features a Theremin (actually a musical saw) and an off-center, Nightmare Before Christmas piano accompanying a singer whose voice soars and sinks while singing well-written words making the comparison easy. “Toy Hammer” is a slightly off-center, creepy (“Ghosts in the parlor”) but sexy (“Warm cherry pie dripping down my thighs”) track from their upcoming self-recorded debut. It’s a song that will appeal to both the Goths and the Freaks and apparently points in between as the North Carolina Symphony is collaborating with Crystal Bright to arrange “Toy Hammer,” for the Symphony’s New Year’s Eve program at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, NC. Not bad for a debut.”
- Mark Mansfield - Stereo Subversion (Nov. 2010)

“Vaudeville, circus music, minstrel … it’s tough to pin down exactly what Greensboro’s Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands is, but it’s easy to see Bright’s eclectic musical background is at the forefront of the band’s truly unique tunes. “It’s kind of a cross between Winger and The Kinks,” multi-instrumentalist Taylor Bays joked. But Bays isn’t far off. In fact, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands shares some similarities with The Kinks’ notoriously theatrical Preservation albums...” -Jake Seaton - Sessions at Studio B/NBC-17 (Dec. 16, 2010)

“When I listen to CB&TSH I’m thinking a number of descriptors: operatic, carnival, vaudeville, war-of-the-worlds and freak-show. I truly mean that in the best of all possible worlds! There are so many elements to this music that it’s truly hard to pigeon-hole. CB&TSH has sounds that are straight out of a sci-fi epic and a carnival thriller. This is a soundtrack for those who follow a free-spirited muse and are quite ready to pick up stakes and travel to the next venue for escape and fresh opportunity. The music and vocals take you on a wild adventure where your closest confidant just might be the donkey-boy or the sharp-tongued sword swallower. Cast your lot with the clowns and the closely adjoined sisters and you will soon discover that these cast-offs are now your only family and true home. Yes, you are home, finally.” - Heroes of Indie Music (Feb. 2011)

"Imagine entering a burlesque show but instead of dirty, whimsical jokes, folktales are narrated, and instead of the audience crying out for Crystal Bright’s lingerie, it cries for the saw, one of Bright’s instruments that imitates a windy, melancholy whistle. The sound is a transcontinental brothel of folk cabaret fables, filled with circus loners and angry gypsies that finger nylon strings and bang fire buckets with rusty spoons." - Christina Dole, Perfomer Magazine (Boston, MA)

“Crystal Bright has an amazingly rich voice, haunting and melodic. She draws you in and makes you want more even when the music is eerie and chills run up and down your spine. The genre of music defies description, you either love them or hate them. Partly dark carnivale, partly quirky carnival with use of items I’ve never seen before. Definitely try to see them live because though the recorded versions are good, NOTHING compares to watching them perform and hearing how brilliant they are.”



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